Diligam te, Domine
1 I will love you, O Lord my strength;*
the Lord is my rock, my stronghold, and my deliverer,
2 My Savior, my God, and my might in whom I will trust,*
my buckler, the horn of my salvation, and my refuge.
3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;*
so shall I be safe from my enemies.
4 The waves of death encompassed me;*
the floods that would swallow me up made me afraid.
5 The cords of the grave surrounded me;*
the snares of death overtook me.
6 In my trouble I called upon the Lord*
and cried unto my God for help.
7 From his holy temple he heard my voice.*
My complaint came before him; it entered into his ears.
8 The earth trembled and quaked;*
the very foundations of the hills shook and were removed, because he was angry.
9 There went out smoke from his nostrils and a consuming fire out of his mouth;*
coals of fire issued from his presence.
10 He parted the heavens also and came down,*
and it was dark under his feet.
11 He rode upon the cherubim and flew;*
he came flying upon the wings of the wind.
12 He made darkness his secret place;*
dark waters and thick clouds were his covering round about him.
13 At the brightness of his presence his clouds broke forth:*
hailstones and coals of fire.
14 The Lord also thundered out of heaven, and the Most High gave forth his voice:*
hailstones and coals of fire.
15 He sent out his arrows and scattered them;*
he cast forth lightning and destroyed them.
16 The springs of water were seen, and the foundations of the world were uncovered,*
at your rebuke, O Lord, at the blasting of the breath of your displeasure.
17 He reached down from on high to grasp me,*
and he took me out of many waters.
18 He delivered me from my strongest enemy, and from those who hated me,*
for they were too mighty for me.
19 They confronted me in the day of my trouble,*
but the Lord upheld me.
20 He brought me forth into a place of liberty;*
he delivered me, because I had found favor in his eyes.
21 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteous dealing;*
according to the cleanness of my hands he recompensed me,
22 Because I had kept the ways of the Lord*
and had not forsaken my God, as the wicked do.
23 For I had an eye unto all his laws*
and did not cast out his commandments from me.
24 I was also uncorrupt before him*
and kept myself from my own wickedness.
25 Therefore the Lord rewarded me according to my righteous dealing,*
and according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
26 With the faithful you show yourself faithful,*
and with the upright you show yourself upright.
27 With the pure you show yourself pure,*
but with the crooked you show yourself shrewd.
28 For you shall save the people who are in adversity,*
but shall bring down the high looks of the proud.
29 You also shall light my lamp;*
the Lord my God shall turn my darkness into light.
30 For with you I shall crush a host of men,*
and with the help of my God I can leap over a wall.
31 The way of God is an undefiled way; the word of the Lord also is tried in the fire;*
he is the defender of all those who put their trust in him.
32 For who is God, but the Lord,*
or who is a rock, except our God?
33 It is God who girds me with strength for war*
and makes my way perfect.
34 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer*
and sets me up on high.
35 He teaches my hands to fight,*
and my arms shall bend even a bow of bronze.
36 You have given me the shield of your salvation;*
your right hand also shall hold me up, and your loving correction shall make me great.
37 You have made a broad path for my feet,*
and my footsteps shall not slip.
38 I will follow my enemies and overtake them;*
I will not turn again until I have destroyed them.
39 I will smite them, and they shall not be able to stand.*
They shall fall under my feet.
40 You have girded me with strength for the battle;*
you shall throw down my enemies under me.
41 You have made my enemies turn their backs upon me,*
and I shall destroy those who hate me.
42 They shall cry, but there shall be none to help them;*
even unto the Lord shall they cry, but he shall not hear them.
43 I will beat them as small as dust before the wind;*
I will tread them down as mire in the streets.
44 You shall deliver me from the strivings of the peoples,*
and you shall make me the head of the nations.
45 A people whom I have not known*
shall be in subjection under me.
46 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me;*
and foreigners shall cringe before me.
47 Foreigners shall lose heart,*
and, being afraid, shall come out of their strongholds.
48 The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock,*
and praised be the God of my salvation,
49 Even the God who sees that I am avenged*
and subdues the peoples under me.
50 It is he who delivers me from my cruel enemies, and lifts me up above my adversaries;*
you shall rid me of the wicked.
51 For this cause will I give thanks unto you, O Lord, among the nations,*
and sing praises unto your Name.
52 Great prosperity he gives unto his King,*
and shows loving-kindness to David his Anointed, and unto his seed for evermore.
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